Expand­ing the Palace of Torah: Ortho­doxy and Feminism

Tamar Ross
  • Review
By – September 28, 2012

It sounds like an oxy­moron, but it is true. Fem­i­nism and Ortho­doxy: they can exist togeth­er. But any­one who wants to blend these seem­ing­ly diver­gent ideas has to work very hard to find com­pro­mis­es, on both sides of the equation. 

In Expand­ing the Palace of Torah, Tamar Ross mas­ter­ful­ly explains the need for equal­i­ty in Ortho­doxy, from both a legal and a philo­soph­i­cal stand­point, by using Jew­ish texts — both halachic and philosophical. 

This may be one of the most impor­tant works to date in track­ing the changes in Judaism over the past 2,000 years. The author feels that if Judaism is to con­tin­ue to change and devel­op, it must also become more open to women and women’s issues as the years progress.

Mic­ah D. Halpern is a colum­nist and a social and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor. He is the author of What You Need To Know About: Ter­ror, and main­tains The Mic­ah Report at www​.mic​ah​halpern​.com.

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